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Big Nudes [Hardcover]

Helmut Newton
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Aug 1982
With his Big Nudes, in the 1980s Helmut Newton created a quite unprecedented long-term bestseller. Simultaneously, it provided a concentrated image of his aesthetic agenda. Powerful women were presented in all their naked truth????????????without fig leaves or fashion frills. This series of black-and-white photos, produced between 1979 and 1981, also marked a stylistic change in Newton's work. Elaborate layouts full of luxury and decadence gave way to an unambiguously formulated and monumental statement????????????"Here they come!" Dressed only in their indispensable high heels, Newton's amazons selfconfidently paraded on show. They rippled their muscles and marched individually as well as in formation toward the observer. Helmut Newton's classic work was published by us in 1990 for the first time.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux (T) (Aug 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0937950025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937950029
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 23.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,782,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karl Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg in 1938. He is a fashion designer and was a long-time friend of Helmut Newton's who often made portraits of him. Since 1983, he has been Artistic Director of the Chanel haute couturiers.

Helmut Newton
Helmut Newton was born in Berlin in 1920. He died in an automobile accident in Hollywood in January, 2004. He began his career at the age of 16, working for famous Berlin photographer, Yva. As an 18-year-old, he emigrated to Australia, returning to Europe in 1957 to settle in Paris. As of the 1980s he lived in both Monte Carlo and Los Angeles. The first of his countless solo exhibitions took place in Paris in 1975. Awards for his photographic oeuvre included the German Gro??e Bundesverdienstkreuz, the French Grand Prix national de la photographie and the World Image Award. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Newton's finest work! 27 Feb 2001
Big Nudes surpasses even Newton's first book, White Women, as an artistic triumph and a powerful statement of femininity in the 21st century. That it was originally published in 1982 reflects both the timeless quality of great photography and the vision of one of the great visual artists. Big Nudes epitomises Newton's obsessions: empowered women, technical perfection and high heels (though not necessarily in that order). The resulting volume is a catalogue of stunning images, each of which is a masterpiece of composition. If you are interested in Newton or photography in general, the book more than justifies its price tag!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helmut Newton's Big Nudes 25 Mar 2000
By Cecilia - Published on Amazon.com
Stark ,haunting photographs by Helmut Newton of women. Not sexual exploitation but tribute to forceful and strong women like Gayle Olinekova and Lisa Lyon. The women confront the viewer with their nudity. There is a type of eroticism that permeates the photographs that draws you in yet makes you feel like a voyeur. A great conversation table book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Newton 30 Jan 2006
By Joe Hidalgo-Gato - Published on Amazon.com
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Helmut was a genius. I feel qualified to say this because I once had the honor of being his assistant. Standing next to Helmut while he shot gave me little clue as to how his pictures became so signature.. This book is more of his clever self, the subjects are the most beautiful women in the world... wearing nothing.. Amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bold nudes 11 Dec 2007
By wiredweird - Published on Amazon.com
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This spectacular collection presents a series of photos from 1979-1981. All of them show similar views of the models: nude (except for high heels), strong, and as comfortable wearing only their own beauty as when they wear anything else. Each pose seems almost confrontational - except that the model appears quite aware that you, the viewer, are looking, but just aren't worth her attention. There's no scale in these images, but I can't imagine any of the models being less than 180cm tall. They cast that much presence, irrespective of actual size.

You might argue the claim that all the photos show nudes. There are many picture-pairs of the models fully clothed on the left-hand page and unclothed on the right, in the same pose. Even these clothed images are really about the figure, though. Seeing the woman herself makes me look back at the fashion photos, and pay that much more attention to the figure that the fashions enclose.

I especially like the fact that Newton glorifies figures as they are. Sylvia (the cover model) and Brescia, for example, show physical features that aren't very fashionable right now, and that some might "fix" with cosmetic surgery. Wrong. These are beautiful women, period. Any flaws lie in the standard to which they might be held, not in their stunning figures. I fault Newton only for excluding non-European features and skin tones from this collection. The esthetic choice is his, of course, but those omissions weaken the whole. Not a lot, though - this book is still a necessity for any collection of figure photography.

-- wiredweird
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic coffee table book 10 July 2011
By CHRISTOPHER PUSHMAN - Published on Amazon.com
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Great nudes of athletic women. Looks great on a coffe table in a contemporary environment. Women especially cannot help but pick this book up when they see it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Helmut Newton: Big Nudes" 24 Feb 2006
By Bill J. Nix - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is in beautiful condition and got here in a timely manner. Very pleased with this transaction.
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